November 2008

Meredith Luce


The CBC Radio3 Podcast devoted a whole hour to country/folk/rock music last week.  Amanda Putz hosted the show, sitting in for Grant Lawrence, and recorded it in Ottawa, Canada.  One of the artists on that podcast I really liked was Meredith Luce, who performed “Ballad of Sally Rae.”  The song is about her American parents leaving for Canada in 1969.  Her father objected to the draft, as many of his contemporaries did, and thought it unwise to remain here.


Click Here for mp3: “Ballad of Sally Rae” 



Cover of Meredith Luce's October Album (2007)

Cover of October Album (2007)



Following is from Meredith’s page at CBC Radio3:


Meredith Luce beguiles her audiences with her vocals, her funny, fearless banter, and her award-winning songs. Her music ranges from contemporary folk and folk rock to alt country and pop. CBC’s Alan Neal said of Meredith’s performance at a taping for Canada Live, “That is a voice I can’t get enough of.” Jill Breit, host of UpNorth Music on North Country Public Radio, the northern New York affiliate of the US National Public Radio, selected Meredith for the UpNorth music project. They recorded her music, and more recently invited Meredith to play the project’s live on-air inaugural concert at St. Lawrence College in Canton, NY, on January 25th. They have also included her song, “Big City Girl”; on their compilation album. A dual US/Canadian citizen, Meredith draws on her family’s Appalachian roots and the Canadian songwriters whose music she heard growing up in Ottawa, Ontario. Her first full-length album October was released in July 2007 and it received strong critical notice including a four star rating in the Ottawa Citizen. The album was produced Dave Draves at Ottawa’s Little Bullhorn Studio.


Meredith’s Website:



Daguerrotype of Dr. Maximillian LaBorde of Columbia, SC (May 1840)

Dr. Maximillian LaBorde


In Partners With The Sun:  South Carolina Photographers 1840-1940, Harvey S. Teal discusses the first photographic portrait made in the state, a daguerrotype of Dr. Maximillian LaBorde who was a a professor of metaphysics, logic and rhetoric at South Carolina College (now The University of South Carolina).   Dr. William H. Ellet, a colleague of LaBorde’s at the college, made that daguerrotype in May 1840.

LaBorde did not enjoy the tedious process of sitting for the long exposure and later recorded his displeasure with the whole experience in his History of South Carolina College, published in 1859.  It seems that Laborde was so unhappy with his own likeness that he eventually disposed of the daguerrotype:


When the first intelligence was brought of the brilliant discovery of Daguerre, Dr. Ellet set to work at once and was taking photographic likenesses before the next vessel crossed the Atlantic.  I think I was his first subject – I might say, victim.  He had informed me he was getting up an apparatus, and I was under contract to sit for for my likeness.  When all things were ready, he called, and took me to the scene of his operations, which was in the rear of his laborotory.  The spot selected was one of the sunniest in the “sunny South,” and the day was one of the hottest in a Southern spring.  The reader will bear in mind that the art was now in its infancy, and that the effort of the professor was strictly experimental.  The light was to sketch the picture, and it was conceived that everything depended upon having enough of its August presence.  To make sure of this, a frame of ten square feet was constructed, and upon this was spread a sheet of show white canvas.  I was required to sit with my head uncovered in the hottest sun at noon day, and this frame of canvas was placed immediately behind me.  My situation was about as painful as that of Regulus when the Carthagenians cut off his eyelids, and brought him suddenly into the sun, that it might dart its strongest heat upon him.  How long I occupied the chair I cannot tell, but I know repeated attempts to catch my likeness were made, and that my poor brain felt as if it would burst from congestion.  At last it was announced to my infinite joy, that he had a portrait.  I left my seat with feelings of a martyr.  There was a portrait; but what a portrait!  The eyes were closed, the forehead corrugated, and the expression hideous.  Yet it was a portrait, and the great fact proved that light could paint it!  I preserved it for many years, and though I would not have it to grace the present volume, I would be glad, on account of its historic interest, if it had a present existence.  


Partners With The Sun

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